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Your pretty face is going to hell : the dangerous glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed /
Dave Thompson.
edition
1st paperback ed.
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Backbeat Books, 2009.
description
viii, 320 p.
ISBN
0879309857 (alk. paper), 9780879309855 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York, N.Y. : Backbeat Books, 2009.
isbn
0879309857 (alk. paper)
9780879309855 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
7016294
 
Includes bibliographical references and discography.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
British expat writer Dave Thompsom has penned over one hundred books. Seriously. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Kurt Cobain bio Never Fads Away as well as books on Sparks, Jeff Beck, Phil Spector, Genesis, Cream, Deep Purple, the Red Hot Chill Peppers, and glam rock (the list goes on) and has been a contributor to Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, MOJO, All Music Guide, and Melody Maker. Thompson resides in the little-known rock capital of Newark, Delaware.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-10-27:
Back in 1971, no one knew how just much music history would change when the lives of three musicians intersected. Rock journalist Thompson (Never Fade Away) brings forth a brilliantly written book that traces the careers of three of the most influential musicians of the last few decades: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie. Within a few years of their meeting, the three turned the music world upside down by recording seminal masterpieces, adopting outrageous personas, and creating chaos wherever they went. With quick wit and a relaxed, conversational style, Thompson uncovers the friendship, talent, and influence of each musician and guides readers through the underground music scene of the 1960s and 1970s. From Ann Arbor, MI, to New York, London, and beyond, Thompson introduces us to the major players in punk music and the underground. Verdict An essential book on the early history of Bowie, Pop, and Reed that fans and music buffs will devour.-Troy Reed, Southeast Regional Lib., Gilbert, AZ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, October 2009
New York Times Full Text Review, February 2010
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
From the New York art scene of the mid-1960s to the drag clubs of Berlin a decade later, through the darkest side of London and beyond, this text presents the story of the friendship of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it.
Main Description
BookFirst-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends.When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser... Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformer album was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Iggy's Raw Power , mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk. Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust.Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are their stories interwoven in a triple helix of sexuality, glam rock, and drugs as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
Main Description
First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser. Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe that threatened to undermine all that had come before. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformer album was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Iggy's Raw Power, mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk, and Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust. From the New York art scene of the mid-1960s, to the drag clubs of Berlin a decade later, through the darkest side of London and beyond, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are the stories of these three warped and brilliant musicians, interwoven in a triple helix of wanton sexuality, ultra-decadent and beautiful glam rock, and dangerous drugs. Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell delivers a unique glimpse into a twisted landscape of rich perversions, smiling degradation, rock star dreams, gutter nightmares, and all points in between - as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
Main Description
First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser... Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformer album was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Iggy's Raw Power, mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk. Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust. Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are their stories interwoven in a triple helix of sexuality, glam rock, and drugs - as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
Main Description
First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends.When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser... Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformeralbum was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem Walk on the Wild Side.” Iggy's Raw Power, mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk. Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust.Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hellis the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are their stories interwoven in a triple helix of sexuality, glam rock, and drugs – as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
Main Description
From the New York art scene of the mid-1960s, to the drag clubs of Berlin a decade later, through the darkest side of London and beyond, "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" is the story of the friendship of these three legends and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it.
Main Description
First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends.When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser... Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformeralbum was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem _Walk on the Wild Side._ Iggy's Raw Power, mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk. Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust.Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hellis the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are their stories interwoven in a triple helix of sexuality, glam rock, and drugs _ as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
Performance
A Ghost Blooded Country All Covered with Sleepp. 11
They Wore the Clothes, They Said the Thingsp. 19
Soul Radiation in the Dead of Nightp. 35
A Dentured Ocelot on a Leashp. 49
I Love You in Your Fuck-Me Pumpsp. 61
Smokestacks Belching, Breasts Turn Brownp. 73
Beat Narrow Heart, the Song Lots of People Knowp. 87
Strangers Were All That Were Left Alivep. 103
Inserts
If I Have to Die Here, First I'm Gonna Make Some Noisep. 121
You're Still Doing Things I Gave Up Years Agop. 131
Things Seem Good, Someone Cares About Youp. 145
My Voodoo Master, My Machinep. 163
For Screeching and Yelling and Various Offensesp. 175
A Nation Hides Its Organic Minds in the Cellarp. 193
Caged Like a Wild Rat by Foolsp. 207
You Can Hit Me All You Want Top. 219
Cabaret
Down Below with the Rest of Her Toysp. 239
A Dirty Sky Full of Youths and Liquorsp. 255
The Plays Have Gone Down and the Crowds Have Scatteredp. 271
Epiloguep. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 295
Selected Discograpnyp. 297
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 309
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